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Making a Good LifeAn Ethnography of Nature, Ethics, and Reproduction$
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Katharine Dow

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691167480

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691167480.001.0001

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The Sperm Whale’s Teeth

(p.1) Prologue
Making a Good Life

Katharine Dow

Princeton University Press

Early one Friday morning in December 2006 I went with some friends to see the body of a sperm whale that had washed up at Roseisle beach. Roseisle is about a forty-minute drive from the village of Spey Bay, where I lived during fieldwork. This area of Scotland features, amongst other unusual wildlife, a resident population of bottlenose dolphins, and sightings of whales and dolphins are quite common in the area, though to see a sperm whale is rare, as they usually keep to the open seas....

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